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Cosby jury back to work on verdict for 5th day

A representative for Bill Cosby had called for the judge in the comedian’s criminal trial to put an end to jury deliberations. The judge told them to try again for a verdict.If, after further deliberations, jurors still cannot reach consensus, the judge can choose to declare a mistrial.The panel also reheard parts of Cosby’s lurid deposition testimony in which he acknowledged giving quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with.Judge Steven T. O’Neill then read the definition, which included a doubt that would cause a “reasonable person” to “hesitate before acting on a matter of importance” as well as a doubt that was not “manufactured to avoid the carrying out of an unpleasant duty”.Cosby’s lawyer said he and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual moment of intimacy.Cosby, 79, has been charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.Jurors on Friday morning asked the court to repeat Cosby’s deposition in a civil lawsuit that was unsealed in 2015. Cosby has pleaded not guilty and maintains that his relationship with Constand was consensual.”It’s good for the prosecution”, she said, flatly.The former star of the 1980s TV hit The Cosby Show faces similar allegations from dozens of women, though only Constand’s claim has resulted in criminal charges.On Friday, the jury asked to review multiple pieces of evidence, including Cosby’s 2006 deposition testimony about quaaludes, a now-banned party drug.Late Thursday afternoon, the jury informed the judge that they couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict on any of the three counts against the comedian.”They were here!” said McMonagle, exasperated.O’Neill on Friday noted the factors that could precipitate a mistrial – a jury request to halt deliberations followed by his own agreement that the impasse couldn’t be broken.Cosby’s lawyers sought to discredit her by pointing to discrepancies between her testimony and statements to law enforcement in 2005, when she first reported the incident a year after it allegedly occurred.The judge at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial is bristling at repeated defense requests for a mistrial as the jury asks to rehear yet more testimony on its fifth day of deliberations. Judge Steven O’Neill told the jury he could not provide additional information. “We have a collective imagination of all of the characters they portray and, because of that, we think that we really know them”, Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden said.Young people outside of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas described the Cosby trial as “our generation’s O.J. Simpson case”, amazed by the mass worldwide media presence taking over their town. “And they’re hearing Mr. C.’s testimony, and he’s extremely truthful”. They’ve been at it for almost 40 hours since getting the case Monday.”I have no ability to do anything other than what I’ve done in this case”, O’Neill told Cosby’s lawyer, Brian McMonagle.The video above shows Cosby’s supporters speaking outside of the courthouse. In that case, prosecutors would get four months to decide whether they want to retry the TV star or drop the charges. Defense attorneys, who tediously went through each of those calls, argue that they prove Constand was untruthful when she told investigators that she had little contact with Cosby after the alleged assault.